Dokumentary, 54 minutes

Salmon Forest


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Documentary, 54 minutes
Southeast Alaska is not only one of the most extraordinary natural wildernesses on our planet, but also one of the most productive on earth. Every year one of the great spectacles of nature takes place here. The survival of many species depends primarily on just one single species…

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Salmon Forest (English version):

Lachswald (German version):

La Forêt de Saumons (French version):

Camera:Andrea Ramalho, Ralf Kiefner
Editor:Sascha/Nick Knieling, Flakefilm Medienproduktion
Script:Ralf Kiefner
Narrator:Mark Rossman (German: Reinhard Pede; French: Jean Faure)
Music:Highland Musikarchiv
Sound-Mix:Detlev Schmitz
Audio Remix:Andrea Ramalho
Add. Camera:Leo Mayer
Special Thanks:Barry Bracken
Director:Ralf Kiefner, Peter Spielmann
Producer:Ralf Kiefner, © Ralf Kiefner 2012 und 2021
Salmon Forest - Ralf Kiefner

In summer the Pacific Salmon embark in a struggling migration. After roaming the vast ocean for most of their lives they follow their instinct and return to the rivers, where they were born, to spawn.

Always moving forward and never giving up whatever the dangers are. This way they sacrifice their lives in order to fill not only the rivers with new life, but also the forest and the sea.

They produce such a surplus of nutrients that even humpback whales, which need enormous quantities of food, take here just a few months to consume all they require for a whole year.

However, this nature paradise fragile. Each individual component, seemingly insignificant on their own, interacts with others to the benefit of all. Even the smallest imbalance, or the removal of just one tiny component, could endanger, perhaps even destroy the entire ecosystem.

Andrea Ramalho and Ralf Kiefner have worked on this documentary for 3 years (each year for 5 weeks). They have produced the documentary on their own costs.

Three different versions of Salmon Forest are available: Salmon Forest (English version), Lachswald (German version), La Forêt de Saumons (French version).


“… a wonderful experience!” „… unbelievable footage…”, „… both films are sensational!”

“… Salmon Forest shows so beautifully in just 1/2 hour the message about the importance of the salmon and the glaciers toward the productivity of this area that I, as a biologist, have been trying to pass on for years. Besides, it is some of the best footage of feeding and redistribution of nutrient that I have ever seen.”

“… Salmon Forest describes the circle of life in a fantastic way… with very beautiful pictures and thrilling story. Well done…”

“… Giants of the Deep, this is a perfect title for this film! It really shows giants! Unbelievable close-ups! One feels like as if he is in the middle of the action! A great film experience… !”

“… I have learnt so much about an ecosystem that was unkown to me up to now…”

“… both films were extraordinary and it was very well derserved that the cinema was sold out! …we would like to watch both films again!”

“… thanks you so much that I could watch both films…”

“… by far the best documentaries that I have ever seen…”

“… unbelievable… we were so close, that we really felt like we have been there ourselves…”

“… a very exciting and dramatic film … I would not have expected this from a documentary about salmon…”

“… today I have learnt so much… thanks a lot…”

“… I still get goose bumps when I think about the film…”

“… I was so fascinated that I would not stand up after the film was already finished…”

“… really a feast of images…”

“… a wonderful evening… thanks a lo!t”

“… just unbelievable footage…”

“… a perfect composition of fantastic footage and pleasant music that provides a perfect background, combined with wonderful sounds of the whales and lots of information…super!”

“… a documentary that is very well successful in all aspects …”

“… impressive, really impressive and fantastic images….”

“… very interesting interesting and informative films…”

“…I have seldom seen something more exciting and still I have learned incredibly a lot!!…”

“… a very impressive documentary…”

“…after all a really educational, but also exciting and entertaining documentary…”

“…a very exciting, dramatic and varied told story…”


Auszeichnung Lachswald TheSeaCallsAlready one week after the film release, Salmon Forest (Lachswald, La Forêt de Saumons) has been awarded on the 9. International Maritim Film Festival „The Sea Calls“ in St. Petersburg (Russia, 23. – 26.4.2012) with “Best Camera”.


Info about the Double-Premiere of the two films in Cinema:


took place on Sunday, 15.4.2012 at 19:30, in the cinema „CINEPLEX“ in Bensberg. Admission fee: EURO 8,-.

The film release of both documentaries was very successful! All 301 seats were sold out!

Photos of the film release...